It’s been too long. I’ve not written in quite some time. I’ve been thinking it’s time for that to change.
Admittedly, I’ve neglected this blog so these thoughts are probably only for myself. That’s OK, I was never concerned with an audience.
I can’t tell you how many times pharmacists have expressed the idea that we collectively need something. The problem- we’re not quite in agreement or able to even identify what that something might be.
I’m still working at the same job I’ve done for years now. But recently things have been nothing short of chaotic. I’ve lended my ear to more than one pharmacist or technician who needed to vent or voice their fears and concerns. Believe me when I tell you others have done the same for me.
I honesty thought I could quietly work through my issues with the profession of pharmacy. I’m like the horse with the blinders on working the field day after day. There’s one problem- the field keeps getting larger. It also seems to be overgrown with sharp thorns.
I’m learning that it’s not good enough to do the best I can and hope my chosen profession fixes itself. I’ve realized that my silence online and otherwise is like a vote for the status quo.
That kind of scares me to be perfectly honest. I’m not one to shrug my shoulders and apathetically do my own thing.
Maybe I’m overly reflective after an exceptionally challenging week at work. Maybe I’ve grown weary of the same problems continuing and even growing year after year.
I don’t pretend to have all the answers to address the challenges we face. I do know that our collective silence will drive those nails into our coffins.
We can however choose not to seal our own fate. But that road would inevitably be one that takes us uphill and through some very bad weather along the way.
There are a few loud voices championing our cause. We should be more willing to join them and break our silence to promote positive change.
I’m going to try and be more engaging. I’m going to try and be more involved. It won’t be easy but I will do it anyway.
I may start with my interactions with pharmacy students. I’m fearful I’ve been too negative around the ones I’ve come across recently. Their positive energy and enthusiasm is infectious and encouraging. I need to channel some of that energy internally.
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians need to remember that we do a lot of good everyday. That fact can get lost in the politics of the workplace and the challenges of our workloads.
Considering the conditions we now face at work what we do for the general public is nothing short of a small miracle. That fact isn’t lost on me as I lament about how my job has changed.
I’m tired of being silent. I’m ready to turn up the volume a little. It’s time we are all heard. It’s time to get loud!
The Redheaded Pharmacist